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Friday, 18 February 2011

  • Leading article: Britain has no business arming repressive regimes
    Saturday, 19 February 2011

    This sums up perfectly the moral blindness of Britain's official attitude towards arms exports. Early on Thursday, Bahraini security forces fired on unarmed protesters in the capital, Manama. The ferocious assault – with tear gas, rubber bullets and ...

  • Letters: The Big Society and libraries
    Saturday, 19 February 2011

    Their primary function is to provide information and to help users find material they need. Classification systems may be "easy peasy," but that's only part of selecting, storing and finding information, in print and – increasingly important – non-pr...

  • Leading article: Cameron plays the populist card
    Saturday, 19 February 2011

    First, the ruling under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) that a blanket ban on voting for prisoners should be reconsidered. David Cameron, who said last year that the thought of giving prisoners the vote made him "physically sick", enco...

  • Lindsey Hilsum: Equality on the frontline is the only way
    Saturday, 19 February 2011

    The story unfolded around us – the exhilaration of the throng, the promise of a new era, the complexity of a people's revolt which had brought in a military government. Emotionally, historically, intellectually, televisually, it had everything. I twe...

  • Leading article: Britain's chance for a fairer voting system
    Friday, 18 February 2011

    If the bill had not been passed this week, the referendum on moving to the Alternative Vote would not have taken place. The House of Lords often performs a valuable role in checking the partisan follies of the House of Commons. But on this occasion, ...

  • Leading article: Small fry
    Saturday, 19 February 2011

    That's the message from Villy Christensen, of the University of British Columbia, who says that our appetite for large fish is leading to an imbalance in marine ecosystems. While we deplete the oceans of bigger predatory species such as cod, tuna, sw...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the future of public libraries
    Friday, 18 February 2011

    Hubs of the community Your article "Cameron's Big Society relaunch runs into big trouble" (15 February) states that "libraries could house coffee shops and bring in self-scanning technology". Both of these facilities have existed within Essex lib...

  • Leading article: The dangers of siding with oppressors
    Friday, 18 February 2011

    What further complicates the issue is that, as in Iraq under Saddam, a majority Shia population is ruled over by a Sunni minority. Concerns about democracy have been longstanding and there are fears of religious divisions deepening as the political c...

  • Leading article: Online rudeness rules
    Friday, 18 February 2011

    There are clearly some interesting cultural clashes here as to what goes where in the hierarchy of rudeness. The pair have been appealing to others on Twitter to support their respective priorities. Whether the wisdom of crowds has much to offer here...

  • Sean O'Grady: If the jobs aren't there, the stick won't work
    Friday, 18 February 2011

    The facts are this: prior to the recession, the economy had around 700,000 vacancies and that has now shrunk to 500,000, against 2.5 million jobless. Three years ago there were two or three jobless people chasing every job vacancy; now there are five...

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